Friday, February 04, 2011

Hard drives & Data

already into February, I wonder just where the days disappear to!

Thought it might be worth warning about Hard drives, and data backups.

! think that is happening a lot is people a keeping there computers going for as long as possible, personally I think there are 2 reasons for this, firstly they are more powerful than most people need them to be, secondly we are currently in austere times.

Most hard drives have a service life of around 5 years. The problem is that it is not a guarantee the drive will run to 5 years.

Which bring us back to the great subject of Data backup. I am a great fan of backing up on line. it is easy to do, and easy to test. Also your data is stored somewhere else, so if something bad does happen to the building you are in, your data will still be safe.

I just mentioned 'test' now a lot of users, and businesses DO NOT TEST the back up file, or individual items in that back.

We recently recovered a laptop, (4-5 years old) who's hard drive started failing, the owner was writ ting a book, it was nearly finished, he had not backed it up for a few weeks, and yes you can guess what has happened, the 1 item no longer available was the folder and any useful data from it.

so my top tip is regardless of how old your computer is, back up your data, the older the computer is the more likely it is that your Hard Drive may just pack up. Regularly check your back ups are useful, and that you canuse the data in the back up.

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